Castes of Coptotermes acinaciformis, from CSIRO. Belongs within: Rhinotermitidae. Coptotermes is a genus of drywood termites in which soldiers bear a large fontanelle opening near the front of the head. Characters (from Maiti 2006): Imago with head dark to dark brown, head and pronotum fairly densely and abdomen densely hairy. Head subround. Eyes of medium… Continue reading Coptotermes


Tomocerus minor, copyright Francisco Welter-Schultes. Belongs within: Collembola. The Tomoceridae are a group of elongate springtails in which the third abdominal segment is longer than the fourth (Womersley 1939). Characters (from Womersley 1939): Postantennal organ absent. Abdominal segment 3 longer than 4, all tergites free. With or without scales, if present then these with longitudinal… Continue reading Tomoceridae


Campodea staphylinus, copyright Michel Vuijlsteke. Belongs within: Diplura. The Campodeoidea are a group of diplurans with filiform cerci and lacking abdominal spiracles (Ferguson 1990). Characters (from Ferguson 1990): Trichobothria present, beginning on antennal segment 3; mandible with lacinia mobilis (prostheca); maxilla without palpus, lacinia without pectens; urosternite 1 without styli, with one pair of subcoxal… Continue reading Campodeoidea


Heterojapyx novaezelandae, copyright Bugman-NZ.Belongs within: Panhexapoda. Contains: Campodeoidea, Japygidae. The Diplura are a cosmopolitan group of slender-bodied, wingless, blind hexapods that are mostly found in damp soil under logs and stones (Condé & Pagés 1991). Characters (from Condé & Pagés 1991): Small to large, narrow-bodied hexapods, mostly unpigmented; eyes absent; antennae moniliform, with intrinsic muscles… Continue reading Diplura


Metajapyx suterraneus, copyright Christopher C. Wirth. Belongs within: Diplura. The Japygidae are a group of diplurans with forcipate cerci and trichobothria on segments 4–6 of the antennae (Condé & Pagés 1991). Characters (from Condé & Pagés 1991): Trichobothria present on segments 4–6 of antenna; mandible without prostheca; labial palps present; four pairs of thoracic spiracles;… Continue reading Japygidae


Female blue riverdamselPseudagrion microcephalum, copyright Renjusplace. Belongs within: Zygoptera. Contains: Ischnura, Agriocnemis. The Coenagrionidae are a cosmopolitan group of damselflies whose adults are commonly found skimming over still or sluggish waters (Watson & O’Farrell 1991). Characters (from Theischinger & Hawking 2006): Usually brightly coloured, often vivid red or blue with black markings. Anal vein long;… Continue reading Coenagrionidae


Southern pinfliesNeosticta canescens, copyright Damian White. Belongs within: Zygoptera. The Isostictidae are a group of dull-coloured damselflies found in Australia, New Guinea and New Caledonia (Watson & O’Farrell 1991). Characters (from Theischinger & Hawking 2006): Slender, medium-sized to large damselflies, pale brown to dark greenish grey, rarely black, thorax and abdomen sometimes pruinose. Anal vein… Continue reading Isostictidae


Western river cruiser Macromia magnifica, copyright Jim Johnson.Belongs within: Brachystigmata. Contains: Libellulidae, Hemicorduliidae, Synthemistidae. The Paneurypalpidomorpha are a clade of dragonflies in which the wings have the anterior margin of the hypertriangle distinctly convex, and the primary antenodals close together (Bechly & Ueda 2002). Synapomorphies (from Bechly & Ueda 2002) Anterior margin of hypertriangle distinctly… Continue reading Paneurypalpidomorpha


Male (above) and female Chlorogomphus magnificus, copyright Wildan Ardani. Belongs within: Cavilabiata. Contains: Paneurypalpidomorpha. The Brachystigmata are a clade of dragonflies that mostly have fairly short pterostigmata in the wings (Bechly & Ueda 2002). Synapomorphies (from Bechly & Ueda 2002): Wings with relatively short pterostigmata that cover only 1–3 complete cells (reversed in Libellulinae); “gaff”… Continue reading Brachystigmata


Guadeloupe stick insects Lamponius guerini, copyright Drägüs. Belongs within: Phasmatodea. The Pseudophasmatidae are a group of stick insects in which the femora of the fore legs have four distinct edges. <==Pseudophasmatidae Z04 |–Pseudophasmatinae WBM03 |    |–Pseudophasma rufipes WBM03 |    |–Paraphasma rufipes TW05 |    `–Anisomorpha WBM03 |         |–A. buprestoides K91 |         `–A. ferruginea WBM03 `–Xerosomatinae Z04 |–Xerosomatini Z04 `–Hesperophasmatini… Continue reading Pseudophasmatidae